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Torah Portion

Remember That Time Is on Your Side: Choosing Possessions Over Promise Has Consequences

By Rabbi Gregory Marx Parshat Matot-Masei There is a pronounced human tendency to reach for the short-term pleasures of life, when we know that it is...

Success of Zelophehad’s Daughters Instructive to Those Who Protest Today

By Rabbi Robyn Frisch Parshat Pinchas I took my 11-year-old daughter to her first protest last week. It was a post-Shabbat demonstration outside Israeli Prime Minister...

Openness Provides Opportunities for Learning, Supporting Others in Need, Such as Muslims

By Rabbi Linda Holtzman Parshat Balak Balak is a study of openness. When told to curse the Israelites, when his leaders make clear that Israelites...

Take Time to Grieve; Rituals May Help the Process

By Rabbi Dayle A. Friedman Parshat Chukat When death comes to your beloved parent, partner, sibling, child or friend, you feel hollowed out. Nothing makes sense. You...

In These Dangerously Angry Times, Identify the Primary Underlying Emotions

By Rabbi Maurice Harris  Parshat Korach Parshat Korach opens with these words: “Then Korach, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi,...

The Next Step in the Journey: Taking the Optimistic Path

By Rabbi Cynthia Kravitz Parshat Shelach Dedicated to the memory of my dear husband, Nathaniel Entin z”l. Twelve years ago, my beloved husband passed away on Parshat...

Silence is Golden: Exhibit Strength by Remaining Silent When Challenged

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Parshat Beha’alotcha Rabbi Judah the Prince (135-217 C.E.), the chief editor of the Mishnah, was once delivering a lecture when suddenly...

All of Us Have the Ability to be Heroes

By Rabbi Daniel Wolpe  Parshat Naso When my brothers and I were children, we used to listen to a record of songs about the Tanakh....

Looking for Agreement Between Public Persona and Private Behavior

By Rabbi David Ackerman and Rosie Ackerman Parshat Bamidbar This Shabbat, my daughter Rosie will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah. For many...

Social Imperatives Flow From Ideas of Justice Found in Double Portion

By Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit Parshat Behar-Bechukotai This week’s parshah is a big double-dipper, Behar-Bechukotai — it means, “On the mountaintop” and “My directives” — and...